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security at their headquarters because the spblgt used to be one of their own. christopher dorner is wanted in multiple shootings spanning six days. the 33-year-old said he's declaring war with the lapd after losing his job. according to his late and rambling manifesto, he wants to revenge until his name is clear. he writes the violence of action will be high. i will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare. dorner is accused of killing a couple and shooting at two police officers killing one of them. his vehicle was found in the big bear area, so far no sign of the man police describe as armed and dangerous. nbc's stephanie stanton has more from los angeles. >> reporter: this burned out truck belonging to suspect christopher dorner was found in the mountains two miles east of los angeles. but dorner himself was nowhere to be found. >> dorner is considered armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: dorner posted aing lengthy manifesto on facebook detailing threats against police officers he intended to kill. dorner claims he was treated unfairly when fired from the l.a. police departm
for the increase. however, some analysts predict 2013 will be less brutal than 2012 when the average u.s. household spent nearly $3,000 on gas. >>> thanks to a daring fbi rescue, a little boy who spent the last week as the hostage of an alleged murderer is safe and sound this morning. >> i've been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> police say the boy's kidnapper 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. however, details about the raid are still unclear at the moment as law enforcement officials begin what they say will be a thorough and labor-intensive investigation. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: relief in the small community of midland city, alabama, following the dramatic rescue of a 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker. late monday afternoon that the tightly-knit community had anxiously been awaiting to hear. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon, fbi agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for n
. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
. claudio is joining us live from there this morning, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pope is expected to arrive here in four hours and people are starting to gatter in the main square to bid him one last farewell. among the first to arrive here in the square is a group of american students from a catholic university from ohio. i'm joined here by one of them. student mike -- stacen. were you surprised when the pope announced his resignation? >> i was. i think this is historic and a historic case. i was very surprised he resigned. i didn't know he could resign until you did research further. when the media came out and they would -- >> reporter: who is going to be next now is the question, do you think any american cardinal has a chance? >> i think that i don't think there's a chance for an american cardinal, but i like cardinal o'malley from the boston archdiocese. >> reporter: as you can see, people started to arrive and the first ones to arrive are the americans. mara. >> i'm rooting for a hometown pope. >>> the country is just one day away from the $185 billion in spendi
. >>> president obama orders the justice department to release classified memos over drone strikes used to kill americans as john brennan prepares for a difficult hearing today. >>> plus, a bad nanny caught in the act of hitting an infant. a dog with a human face. and believe it or not, a study that tells women the time and day they're least attractive. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 7th, 2013. thursday, february 7th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. whether you live in the northeast or you're traveling anywhere near there this weekend, you need to know there's a whopper of a snowstorm headed this way. the national weather service is forecasting more than 2 feet of snow in some place. nbc's bill karins is tracking the storm. >> historic is the right word. now we need to get the players on the field. you are going to have a significant storm of your own. travel is going to be very difficult. milwaukee, grand rapids, possibly even around chicago with winter storm warnings for a good chunk of michigan. it should be warm enough where you don't have a lot of
and us airways formally announced the merger this morning. the $11 billion deal will create the world's biggest airline to keep the american airlines name and run by us airways ceo doug parker. that deal caps a turbulent half decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the u.s. airline industry. >>> pope benedict has two weeks left as head of the church. the pontiff celebrated his final mass at the vatican. benedict was given a long-standing ovation as he prepares to step down on february 28th. after almost eight years as leader of more than 1.2 billion catholics worldwide. >>> it is valentine's day and we always think of our meteorologist, bill karins. we always want good weather. >> i thought you meant with love. >> of course we love you, bill. >> good morning, everyone. as we start this valentine's day, grab the umbrella heading into the northwest. especially from olympia to bellingham. as the rain comes at us from the north and northwest, this is associated with the warm front lingering along the coast trying to move in. damp weather for the morning commute. if you are driving do
drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president obama, the program has been used to take out 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. >>> potential cuts in the defense department have already faced changes in the military operations. the pentag
lives. these strikes are legal, they're ethical and wise. >> drones have been used to take out more than 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. this program is expected to be a focus point tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfo
washington for us. good morning. >> reporter: the day after president obama heads to north carolina we just got detail of that trip. he's going to a plant that just hired 160 workers, one of the hall marks of his speech here on capitol hill last night. creating new jobs for the middle class is the president's focus. >> we can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction. >> reporter: he's pushing for a permanent budget. >> the greatest nation on earth can't continue by going from one crisis to the next. >> reporter: allowing homeowners to refinance. >> democrats and republicans have supported it before so what are we waiting for? >> reporter: immigration reform. >> now is the time to get it done. >> reporter: a vote on gun control with victims families in the audience. >> more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. >> reporter: but a vote on what? >> they need to look at background checks, gun trafficking. >> go whatever the bad guys, go after the nut cases that proclaim their craziness
by a space rock in more than a century. it poses no danger, good thing, to us here on earth. if it fell to earth it could explode with the force of an atomic bomb. >>> a five-day long ordeal has come to an end for the cruise ship "triumph." the ship docked in alabama. mark potter is in mobile where he watched the ship come in. mark, one passenger we heard had a stroke. what about the others? >> reporter: the other passengers all said they were very glad to be off that ship. in fact, many of them were cheering along the rails when that ship made its way to dock. some said that -- all of them said the situation there just became increasingly bad. the sanitary conditions, living conditions, ultimately becoming unbearable. some said the worst time for them, though, was at the beginning, at the time of that engine fire when they just didn't know what happened. they weren't properly informed, they felt, and they didn't know to the degree to which they were in danger. many of them highly praised the crew members saying they worked very hard to make the passengers feel comfortable, saying they
. >> that's why i hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead, work with us to achieve real growth in our economy. >> reporter: in fact, big partisan battles lie just ahead. in two weeks drastic automatic spending cuts strike unless the two sides can finally cut a deal on spending and tacks. from capitol hill, i'm steve handelsman, nbc news. >>> four words, one in particular from senator rubio getting a lot of attention. near the end of the speech, rubio reached off camera for a small bit of water. it grew reaction on twitter. >>> cloudy skies and rain didn't dampen the spirits of revelers during mardi gras. it caps months of celebrations that began back on january 19th and also included the super bowl a week ago. >>> and the end of mardi gras ushers lent season with pope benedict leaving the church. nbc's chris jansing is inside the vatican where the audience with the pope is about to get under way. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you, mara. in half an hour, we will get the first viewing of pope benedict since he made that shocking decisio
with the asteroid happens today in the u.s. the asteroid called 2012 da2014 will zoom pass us. that's below the orbit of satellite. the closest approach by a space raublg like that in more than a century. now, it poses no danger to us, but if it fell to earth, it could explode with the force of an atomic bomb. >>> a day's ordeal has finally come to an end for people on board the cruise ship triumph. nbc's mark porter is in mobile where he watched the ship come in. mark. good morning. what have you been hearing from passengers coming off of that ship? >> reporter: well, we're hearing that they're very glad to be on land, mara, as you can imagine. the passengers are all off the ship now. things were pretty quiet here. the ship arrived here about 10:15 eastern time tonight. we knew it was arriving because it was blowing its horns and passengers were cheering from the railing. the carnival ceo went on board to personally apologize to all the passengers. after that, they were allowed to leave. it took several hours for all the hours to get off the ship. some of them were met by friends and relat
to an asteroid passing today. >>> and that close encounter with the asteroid happened today in the u.s. the asteroid called 2012 da2014 will zoom pass us. the closest in more than a century. it poses no danger to us but if it fell toth it could explode with the force of an atomic bomb. >>> a day's onward deal has finally come to an end for people on board the cruise ship triumph. nbc's mark porter is in mobile where he watched the ship come in. mark, what you have been hearing from passengers coming off that ship? >> reporter: well, they've been moving them out. you can see that the triumph is behind me now. thing, relatively quiet here except for the trains that you can hear but a few hours earlier, things were very busy here. the ship docked about 10:15 eastern time. it took about an hour to bring it fully to the dock. the ceo of carnival went aboard to apologize to everyone. it took several hours to get them right off. some came right out here in mobile they were greeted with relatives who took them to area hotels or drove them away. others got aboard buses that took them to new orl
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
, including a charge of driving under the influence, using fake prescriptions, battery and violating probation. following the death of her music producer david wilson in january, mccready was involuntarily admitted to an inpatient treatment facility. a day later the troubled celebrity was released to outpatient treatment. in the last interview with nbc's andrea canning, the singer spoke of how wilson's death had affected her. >> he was my life. we were each other's life. >> reporter: mindy mccready was 37 years old. she leaves behind two young children. nbc news. >>> we are learning more details about the shocking murder case against olympic hero oscar pistorius. police in south africa have charged the track star with the premeditated murder of her girlfriend reeva steenkamp inside his home on valentine's day. an agent for pistorius' camp canceled all future track races raising the possibility that the double amputee who ran to history in the summer games never will race competitively again. as the jail blade runner receives visits from his family, his agent says big-name sponsors like nike an
will be combining to create that blizzard for new england. for us, the area in white getting some snow in loudoun county, southern frederick county. there's snow all across fauquier county, culpeper and parts of the shenandoah valley. generally, light to moderate snow. elsewhere, the other colors, it's all rain. it's all rain around washington and southern montgomery county and the district of columbia. this snow is coming down a little more moderately, west of leesburg, big flakes there as well as from warren on to culpeper. there could be an inch in the purple color, there could be an inch of snow, maybe sleet mixing in. that includes the nearby counties. northern fauquier, points north and west. the rest of the region all rain. it will change over to all rain by noontime and temperatures in the upper 30s. i'm back with frequent updates throughout the morning. have a look at traffic now and how the precipitation is affecting the roadways. good morning, danella. >>> good morning. slick conditions. as far as accidents, looks nice and clear in the area. a closer look if you're traveling 295, bw pa
uncovered a confidential memo on the program. the report shows deadly strikes can be ordered against u.s. citizens who are found to be operations of al qaeda. white house officials defended the program. >> we cutting those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats to stop blocks and prevent future attacks and again save american lives. these strikes are legal, they're ethical and they're wise. >> drones have been used to take out more than 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. it's expected to be a focal point when nomination hearings begin for john brennan. >>> and the 8.2 quake struck near the solomon islands and reports say at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji and australia because of the threat of the tsunami, but warnings that were issued have been canceled. >>> the young victim of the hostage standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today, we're learning more about his intense rescue. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and the underground of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi leased these
the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: nbc news has learned a diversionary device was used and that the hostage rescue team entered in a door at the top of the bunker. >> by grace of god, he's okay. that was the mission of every man and woman on this compound. >> reporter: the horrific ordeal now over for the 5-year-old. his parents and his community. kurt gregory, nbc news. >> well, nbc news has obtained a confidential justice department memo that contains the legal justification for drone strikes on american citizens. the document from the justice department says the government can order the killing of americans if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al qaeda or an associated force. that applies even if there's no intelligence indicating that the americans are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. this document makes the case for drone strikes like the september 2011 attacks who kill the operative anwar al awlaki. >>> front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks on a topic at the white house, house members will tackle t
with the head of the -- this will be the highest level u.s. meeting with syrian opposition since it began uprising nearly two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> defense secretary nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next w
kyle a u.s. sniper who star in the reality series "stars earn stripes." in an interview kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> ruth was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police continue to negotiate with dykes who is making the boy as comfortable as possible. the boy has received a car and some cheese and crackers. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abductsed the child. the funeral for the bus driver was held on sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the school bus before he was shot. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is defending the government's controversial drone program and reveals that as a catholic he g
joins us live from washington with more. as we know, it could be one of a dozen things the president brings up. >> reporter: absolutely. including immigration and a number of other things. one of the big things he'll focus on is money. particularly the $85 billion in automatic cuts coming in just a few weeks. tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, we're told president obama will focus on the middle class. cuts to headstart, research and thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis on the needs to continue jobs or have our manufacturing sector expand, that work isn't done. >> reporter: in the audience tonight the parent of a slain chicago teenager who had just marched in the inaugural parade, underscoring the president's gun control. the president is expected to address immigration reform, a move that may have more impact outside washington. >> the goal is to move public opinion because that's what moves congress. >> reporter: lawmakers and former lawmakers on both sides say his clear focus must be the budget. >> if we don't get it under control fai
oakley and nike are cutting ties with pistorius say they go will no longer use him in future advertisements. >>> turning now to gas prices. and the surprising pace which they've been climbing. regular unleaded has gone up for the past 32 days, 43 cents in a month. nbc's tom costello tells us what's behind this recent rise. >> reporter: at gas stations across the country, customers are asking same question, what could possibly send gas prices up 43 cents in a month. that's an extra $8.60 on a 20-gallon car. in chicago, it's more than that, up 70 cents a month to $4.22 a gallon. at this station, $4.29. for taxi driver ray hubert, that's real money. >> it digs into my pockets. i pay for my own gas. nobody else pays for it. >> reporter: in los angeles, up 50 cents a month to $4.28. some stations charging more than $5 a gallon. >> it doesn't make sense, we went to las vegas, gas prices were $1.50 ls. >> reporter: from coast to coast, gas prices have risen every day for the last month. >> the gasoline prices are extraordinary for this time of year. usually see this happen as we go
using president obama's affordable health care act to provide medical coverage for floridians. he opposed obama care as a, quote, job killer. scott now calls it common sense but florida lawmakers will make the final decision. >>> time now for the national weather forecast, and bill karins is here. >> we showed you the radar, very impressive in kansas. one of the biggest snowstorms they have seen for wichita, kansas city and topeka, kansas. this is kind of the next 24 hours. the timeline, if you have travel for family or friends, the worst of it in northern oklahoma, missouri, kansas, nebraska, iowa and eventually tonight into illinois and chicago. but for them, just a glancing blow, not as much. the highest snowfall totals will be in the pink shading here. 6 to 12 inches is a pretty wide swath of 6 to 12 inches of snow. the little area near i-35 north of wichita and kansas city, possibility of over a foot. there's a lot of cold air behind the storm through the inner mountain west. a lot of the cold air remains settled over much of the west from seattle, 46. phoenix this morning is
but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on the run from los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael caine. and dorner is charged with revenge killings. >>> meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men are charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. 18-year-old michael ward and kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiya was not the intended target. in fact, the offenders had it all wrong. they thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. >> first lady michelle obama attended the teen's funeral on s
it was a terrible understandinging. nbc chapman bell joins us live from south africa. chapman, good morning. what's happening in court today? >> reporter: good morning, mara. well, yesterday was a not so great day for oscar pistorius in court. today doesn't seem to be going well for him either. yesterday, the prosecution claimed that it was a premeditated murder. and the magistrate at this point is going along with this claim. now, today on the stand, they've had the lead investigator giving evidence, saying why he agrees with the prosecution that this is in fact a premeditated crime. they're really focusing on how the shots were fired through the bathroom door. striking reeva steenkamp and killing her. and this is essential, really, to their claim that it was premeditated. that he walked with a purpose to fire the bullets through the door killing miss steenkamp. also, in addition to all of this, they as decided they want to add additional charges. those of unlicensed firearm ammunition found in the home. so this is not striking up so great. they are taking a break, however, because his lawyers w
with pistorius say they go will no longer use him in future ads. >>> turning now to gas prices. and the surprising pace which they've been climbing. regular gas has gone up for the last 32 days, 43 cents in a month. nbc's tom costello tells us what's behind this recent rise. >> reporter: at gas stations across the country, customers are asking same question, what could possibly send gas prices up 43 cents in a month. that's an extra $8.60 on a 20-gallon car. in chicago, up 70 cents a month to $4.22 a gallon. at this station, $4.29. for taxi driver ray hubert, that's real money. >> it digs into my own pockets. i pay for my own gas. nobody else pays for it. >> reporter: in los angeles, the 50 cents a month to $4.28. >> it just makes sense, we went to las vegas, gas prices were $1.50 less. >> reporter: from coast to coast, gas prices have ridge every day. >> the gasoline prices are extraordinary for this time of year. usually see this happen as we go into the summer driving season. >> reporter: what's going on? analysts say the reasons are many. international sanctions are reducin
including charge of driving under the influence, using fake prescriptions, battery, and vool aiolating probation. following the death of her music producer david wilson in january, mccreedy was involuntarily admitted to an inpatient treatment facility. a day later the troubled celebrity was released to outpatient treatment. in the last interviewer with nbc's andrea canning, the singer spoke of how wilson's death had affected her. >> he was my life. we were each other's life. >> reporter: mindy mccreedy was 37 years old. she leaves behind two young children. nbc news. >>> we are learning more details about the shocking murder case against olympic hero oscar pistorius. police in south africa have charged the track star with the premeditated murder of her girlfriend reeva steenkamp inside his home on valentine's day. an agent for pistorius' camp canceled all future track races raising the possibility that the double amputee who ran to history in the summer games never will race competitively again. as the jail blade runner receives visits from his family, his agent says big-name sponsors
got smaller. american airlines and us airways will be formally announcing their merger at 6:30 this morning eastern time. the deal caps a half century of bankruptcies for the airline industry. the organization will be the world's largest airline. >>> police in california say the manhunt for a fugitive ex-cop is over. but many questions surroundeds case still linger. the county sheriff's office says the fire was not intention. this was the coroner looks to find the remains inside the structure. dorner is believed to have taken hort attaches, a married couple says dorner tied them up and put pillowcases over their heads before fleeing. >> i really thought this could be our -- i -- i never even knew my reaction would be the one that it was. i actually saw him somehow. >> meanwhile, wednesday, a funeral was held for one of dorner's alleged victims. officer michael crain was shot and killed last week. he was a veteran of the police department and leaved behind a wife and two children, 10 and 14 years old. >>> in south africa, paralympian oscar pistorius has been arrested after a
was premeditated while defense lawyers say it was a terrible misunderstanding. jim ma -- meceda joins us live. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to bring in more detas to support its contention that pistorius killed his girlfriend of three months, reeva steenkamp in cold blood, deliberately firing those four shots through his toilet room door behind which reeva steenkamp was cowering. pistorius should not be released on bail. the defense rejects this position. yesterday pistorius's defense lawyer reading from an affidavit painted a different picture of a loving but very vulnerable man who received death threats in the early morning hours of february 149 and without his legs on he became fearful according to this affidavit after hearing noise in the bathroom that there was an intruder in the house and only after he fired those shots and called out to reeva steenkamp to phone the police did he realize his tragic mistake and that it was she who was in the bathroom. but the prosecution is, again, drawing a different picture. it's claiming pistorius and his girlfriend had a row, there was n
on a missile that could reach the u.s. it's the country's third test since 2006 and the first under leader king jong-un. president obama went on to say move hurts stability in the region but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on today from the police dragnet in los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael crane in riverside last thursday. dorner is also suspected in two other revenge shooting deaths. meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton 18-year-old michael ward and and 20-year-old kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken ident
be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and records showing mahony and others tried to conceal abuse of children from police. >>> the family of a young boy held captive in an underground bunker are waiting for his release. fbi negotiators say their strategy is to wear out suspected kidnapper jimmy lee dykes. they have been talking to the 65-year-old through a pipe in the ground. he's accused of kidnapping 5-year-old ethan after storming his school bus. ethan has not been harmed as the hostage standoff goes into fourth day. >>> three stories that we'll be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says her good-byes at the white house in the morning and then gives a farewell address at the state department later in the afternoon. moments later, former senator john kerry takes the oath and the title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice presid
officials as he ordered all u.s. special op forces to leave a key battleground province and taliban stronghold in two weeks. u.s. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condoned or were involved in any kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. >>> another ripple in the oscar pistorius story. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. an attorney for pistorius family confirmed his older brother, carl, is charged with culpable homicide, the equivalent of negligent homicide, after allegedly striking and killing a female motorcyclist with his car in 2008. his attorney says he's innocent and a test at the time proves alcohol was not involved. >> in his final blessing sunday days before his resignation, pope benedict said he's not abandoning the church but serve in a way more suitable to his age and strength. the pope has accepted the resignation of the cardinal from scotland following allegations of inappropriate behavior with other priests. who is to blame for the bp oil spill? today a trial will try to answer that question. opening s
enough about the sequester to make a call. >>> turning now to syria, the u.s. is deciding whether to provide direct aid to the syrian rebels for the first time in the nearly two year long crisis. the effort has been a major focus of secretary of state john kerry's first official trip overseas this week. and according to the associated press, u.s. officials say the white house is nearing a decision on whether to provide nonlethal assistance to carefully imbedded fighters. a decision is expected by thursday on that. >>> bill karins is here with your wednesday forecast. good morning to you. looking pretty good in the west. >> not too bad. while the east will struggle into march we'll think the west will see decent weather. weak system brought some showers overnight to areas of seattle southward down i-5. mostly some snow showers in the cascades. as i mentioned very weak. next system has more punch to it a little stronger. you can see the bright white clouds. that's the moisture associated with storm. the storm will hit northern portions of washington state the hardest and especially
. not enough to move us forward as quickly as the administration and a lot of jobless americans would like to see just in the past week, 38,000 new unemployment applications also not what the country needs to see right now to move forward. the economy on a bit of a see-saw. republicans here say the president having a hard time explaining that. his jobs council expires today. meantime as you noted, the dead ceiling has been extended allowing more borrowing through late may. what congress has not done prevent the big spending cuts coming in march. we'll follow that. >> tracie potts in washington, thanks so much for that. >>> the family of a 5-year-old boy being held captive in alabama say they are, quote, holding on by a thread, waiting for that boy's release. tuesday, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is accused of kidnapping the boy and killing the bus driver. ethan is held in an underground bunker and reportedly not been harmed. negotiators have been talking to dykes through a pipe but say there are no signs of progress. >>> it was a dramatic and contentious day of testimony for chuck hagel. nb
. the leading edge of a massive storm blanketed parts of the western u.s. from arizona to colorado. it's now moving east and forecasters in some state, predicting as much as a foot of snow. nbc's jay gray is in kansas city where the storm has already led to the cancellation of a popular golf tournament. >> reporter: this morning, the midwest is waking up to a blast of winter weather. zbrt latest winter storm is going to have everything with it freezing rain, ice and heavy snow. >> reporter: that snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of oklahoma, arkansas, colorado and kansas. shovels around. then plows are already working but if the forecast holds they may not be able to keep up the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and accumulations of two feet or more before it's over. so before it gets that bad, many are making sure they stoblg up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> i live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the country that do get rather snowbound. >> reporter: some roads and highways are already slick, lead
capital murder charges in the shooting death of chris kyle, a u.s. sniper who starred in the reality series "stars earn stripes." kyle and a friend were gunned down at a north texas shooting range. >> in an interview with the "today" show last year, kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> routh was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abducted the child. police continue to negotiate with dykes who has received medicine for the boy and is believed to be making the boy as comfortable as possible. the funeral for the bus driver was held sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the scho
a fourth day of hearings. nbc's jim maceda joins us from london. what can we expect today? >> reporter: good morning, mara. that's right, we may learn in the coming hour if oscar pistorius, that world famous double amputee sprinter will be freed on bail or not. i may because before that happens the prosecution and defense will be making their final argument, and based on the past three or four days that could take all day. not getting bail, mara, would clearly be a blow to pistorius. he and his coach want to get back on the track. they want to prepare mentally for this trial. but also because the momentum seems to be going so much in pistorius' favor especially after yesterday's bombshell when we learned that the lead investigator, the guy laying out the case against pistorius is himself facing seven charges in a case of murder dating back to 2009. now, the defense has already picked apart the investigator's facts to the point that he had to admit that pistorius' story is plausible that he shot and killed the girlfriend, reeva steenkamp by mistake, thinks her an intruder through the ba
of us would sign up. >> any day. >>> a job for shooting a reality tv show crash, proof of life on mars and great news for investors. and joe paterno's widow fights back. "early today" is back in two minutes. >>> welcome back. >> at the top of our news, surprise news from the leaders of the roman catholic church. pope benedict xvi says he plans to step down at the end of the month. he says he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office. he will go to his summer residence after he steps down and then later move into a cloistered residence in rome. three people are dead after their helicopter crashed in northern los angeles county. it happened during the filming of a new military-themed reality show for the discovery channel. no word on what caused the crash. >>> the death toll from a stampede during a religious festival in northern india is now up to 36. it happened when railway official announced a last-minute platform change at a train station triggering chaos among tens of thousands of pilgrims. >> more testimony in the arizona trial of a woman charged with stabbing
us from london. what can we expect today? >> reporter: hi. the judge who is overseeing this bail hearing said he'll make an announcement very soon, probably within 30 to 45 minutes if s osr put pistons, the sprinter known to the world as the blade runner will be free on bail or will he stay in jail until that trial which could take months. both sides, the prosecution and defense have rested their case after four days that have seen a real momentum shift in pistorius' favor especially after yesterday's bombshell when we learned that the lead investigator laying out the case actually against pistorius is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder. the defense had already at that point forced the investigator to back down on many points even admitting pistorius' story is plausible. in a state of panic he could have shot his girlfriend, killed his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp by mistake thinking her to be a dangerous intruder. the prosecution says that pistorius killed reeva steenkamp in cold blood, he has a history of violent behavior and freeing him on bail would give him a ch
'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jobs all over the country, using this autos a back drop to make his point to the american people that the impact of these cuts could be devastating. republicans, meantime, including republican house speaker john boehner think the president should stay here, facilitate some sort of negotiation. right now nothing going on between the white house and capitol hill. nothing in front of the cameras, nothing behind the scenes to prevent these cuts on friday. richard? >> we have big egg we got on a tuesday in terms of negotiations. tracie potts, thank you so much. >>> turning to a developing story. at least 14 tourists were killed in a fiery hot air balloon crash in egypt. as the balloon approached luxor south of cairo, an on-board fire triggered an explosion in the gas canister causing it to plunge 1,000 feet into a sugarcane field below. the pilot and tourist who jumped out of the balloon survived with critical injury. >>> cardinal keith o'brien faced accusations he acted imappropriately with priests back to the 1980 says. the vatica
" that decisions to target suspected terrorists with drone strikes don't come lightly and that u.s. officials make sure they are focused on somebody who is a direct threat to the united states while trying to limit collateral damage. you can watch chuck todd's full interview with the defense secretary on line. that's at meetthepressnbc.com. >>> this morning the baltimore ravens are the super bowl champions after defeating the san francisco 49ers 34-31 in a game that went down to the wire but not without a hitch. nbc's jay gray reports on all the festivities from the big easy. >> reporter: after a week of preparations and parties -- ♪ [ cheers ] >> reporter: the action moved inside. ♪ >> reporter: a poignant start. ♪ spacious skies >> reporter: students from sandy hook elementary singing "america the beautiful," and then -- ♪ o say >> reporter: a powerful denition of the national anthem -- rendition of the national anthem by alicia keys followed by the game. baltimore took a commanding lead early, and at halftime -- ♪ >> reporter: beyonce commanded the stage. ♪ all the single ladies >>
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freeh says he stands by his report. thornburgh, also a former u.s. attorney general, says the investigation was fundamentally flawed. >> there's no evidence that anybody's mr. paterno's investigation was asked to not report things or told to cover up things. and as i said, he was the one who reported the 1991 incident to the authorities. >>> in college basketball, number four, duke, trailed boston college who made a comeback in the second half. the blue devils got a 62-61 win, making them the only top-five team not to lose this week. so they may go back to number one as the rankings get crazier as we get closer to march madness. >>> number seven, arizona, came up against alan crabby who poured in 13 point. the unranked bears upset arizona 77-69. >>> notre dame's casey murdoch got the chance to sink a half-court shot for big bucks. he made it on his second attempt. he won $18,000. congratulations. >>> and then bakersfield condors, a minor league hockey team, brought a real-live condor to the middle of the rink during the national anthem. the giant bird gets loose from its h
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